Monday, October 31, 2011

Peru quake leaves 18th century cathedral seriously damaged

Lima Peru: Peruvian authorities said Saturday that 134 homes were destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for injuries during a 6.9-magnitude quake just off the central coast. 

Civil defense chief Alfredo Murgueytio told The Associated Press there were no deaths and most of the collapsed homes were of adobe.

Two adobe churches also were seriously damaged, including the 18th century cathedral of the provincial capital of Ica.

The cathedral, build by Jesuits, already was weakened by a 2007 earthquake as well as temblors in 1813 and 1942. Both it and another church in Ica were too damaged to safely enter, said Alberto Bisbal, a top civil defense official.

Source: Washington Post

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